An examination of the practical learning experiences of first year Clinical Psychology master's level students: a qualitative study


clinical psychology
ward round


The aim of this study was to examine the expectations and actual experiences of first year Clinical Psychology master's students at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus before and after clerking. Participants included nine first year students between the ages of 19 and 21. Participants were required to take part in a semi-structured interview as well as participate in two focused interviews. The results indicated that the majority of the participants (7) reported that their expectations did not match their experiences before clerking; however, all participants reported congruency post clerking. Recommendations and limitations are discussed.

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